16 December 2010

Dashe Zinfandel 2007 Dry Creek Valley

I am a huge fan of Dashe Late Harvest Zinfandel 2007, and when I saw their regular Zinfandel I was curious. I enjoyed it at a friend’s house with a homecooked meal.

The wine is opaque, ruby colored, with a heady, earthy bouquet that had hints of oak and smoke.

It had a warm, soft fruit that felt rich and tannic on the tongue. The acidity held the wine together, and a slight sweet note on the back of the tongue helped balance the strong alcohol content (14.5%).

The aforementioned homecooked meal was spaghetti with tomato sauce and Italian sausage. While tomato-based dishes are often hard to match with wine, the Dashe Zinfandel did surprisingly well, as it did not become bitter but more or less stayed the same. With the fennel-heavy sausage, the wine truly shone, standing up to the spice and enhancing the meatiness.

We also enjoyed some cheese with the wine. With brie cheese (covered in raspberry jalapeno compote), it helped cleanse the palate from the creamy brie, and reflected the fruit in the raspberry jalapeno compote. With the bucherolle (a variant of bucheron), the wine turned a bit bitter, but not overwhelmingly so.

Dashe continues to impress me, and it is probably one of my preferred Sonoma wineries. The Zinfandel went for about $25 at a mid-range liquor store, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find.

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Books: Reading The Hobbit.

Bottles: Nothing lately.

Writing: 250 words on novella, but will hopefully write a bit more tonight.

Guitar: Finally get to do some tomorrow! Can't wait!